In this vintage BBC video, electronic music pioneer Wendy Carlos demonstrates the Moog modular synthesizer used in the creation of Switched On Bach.
Switched On Bach, originally released in 1968, did as much as any album to bring electronic music to a mainstream audience. The album topped the Billboard Classical Albums chart from 1969 to 1972 and went on to sell over a million copies.
In the video, Carlos explains the basics of modular synthesis on the Moog modular synth and demonstrates how Switched On Bach was recorded.
This clip is from BBC’s Music Now, originally broadcast 8 February, 1970.
This video, via Reverb, offers a sneak preview of the upcoming Eventide Misha sequencer from the 2022 NAMM Show.
The Eventide Misha is a 28hp Eurorack instrument/sequencer that uses a unique, interval-based approach to playing and creating melodies. It can control and sequence other modules via MIDI or via 3 CV/Gate pairs.
Make sound three ways via MIDI, control voltage (with three independent gate/cv pairs) or outputting waveforms via the audio jack
External control templates for MIDI and QWERTY keyboards
100 factory scales and additional slots for up to 100 user/custom scales (Scala support)
Tone row based sequencer inspired by the classic compositional technique used in serial music
Comprehensive control of sequence playback to easily manipulate and expand upon your musical ideas
Create rhythmic variations using clock division
Four user-assignable buttons
18 user presets
CV inputs for external trigger/control sources
Clock input for syncing to external sources. User configurable PPQ settings
Audio output for internal oscillator
Polyphony via 3 CV outputs or MIDI
Micro-USB for easy firmware updates using Eventide Device Manager
Micro-SD card for saving/loading scales and settings
Pricing and Availability
The Eventide Misha will be available this summer for $599 USD.
Synth module makers WMD recently released a video showing how to make AD and AR envelopes using an ADSR envelope + VCA module.
In this video, WMD’s Alex demonstrates the differences of each style of envelope and how to make them with the WMD Javelin Envelope + VCA combo.
Alex explains what’s happening in the video:
“Snappy” is a subjective term commonly used to describe the way an envelope sounds. It can be likened to word like quick, fast, plucky, blippy etc. AD envelopes are known for their snappy qualities and strengths in making percussive blips and bongo like sounds. The javelin has lots of really unique options for an envelope like Accent, voltage levels, time ranges, and a mode switch that makes it act much more like a triggered A/D than your common ADSR. A super versatile module for all sounds and styles of synthesis.
We then go a bit deeper into what this type of envelope can be used for and introduce the WMD C4RBN filter to create a low-pass gate inspired patch.If you’ve ever wondered if the filter goes before or after the VCA, Alex shows examples of both and explains why you might want to do it one way or the other.
The makers of Vector Synth have recently announced the availability of a new firmware update, along with news of another production run.
Vector Synth is a digital synth module that features a hybrid synth engine, 16-voice polyphony, a deep arpeggiator, effects and more.
The focus of the latest firmware update is implementing Vector Synth users’ most requested features, as well as improvements to the Orbiter engine and a new filter.
The two new Orbiter engine boasts two new shapes: N-Gon and Pulse. Already existing lissajous-based formulas provide smooth timbre changes, while the new shapes are designed for sharp and intricate thumping rhythms, almost to the point of timbre sequencing.
Another improvement is the introduction of a new Formant filter, which brings us up to 5 filter types, up to 4 filters per voice, in a maximum concurrent total of 64.
At a glance:
Two brand new Orbiter shapes: N-gon and Pulse
New filter: Formant
Increased available Orbiter speeds
Adjustable knob speed
Adjustable pitch bend range
Added an option to set the default preset and BPM
Better MIDI Bank Select to load patches support
Damper and Sostenuto CC support
MIDI Through support
MIDI Continue support
“Dot” Delay Time added
Double-tap on a preset to load
Added an option to hide incoming MIDI CC popups
Screen brightness adjustment
as well as various other “fixes and small improvements”
Vector Synth also announced that they have begun producing their sixth batch of synthesizers since the debut of the synth in 2019. Components are in stock, and units are being produced and shipped within ten days of ordering at this time.
Vector Synth is available exclusively via the Vector Synth website, and is 825€ (plus EU VAT, where applicable).
Additional information, including Soundcloud examples, is at the Vector Synth website as well.
AJH Synth has introduced the MiniMod Multi Burst Envelopes, a Eurorack module that generates variable length bursts of repeating envelopes that can change over time, with CV control of all functions.
The BURSTS control selects a “Burst Sequence” of between 1 and 40 individual envelopes. The envelope shape of a burst is chosen with the rotary switch, or it can be varied using an external CV, so that it is even possible to chose a different envelope shape for each individual burst in a sequence.
The width of the envelope (i.e. the attack and decay time) is varied with the P-WIDTH control and this can also be CV controlled as a sequence is progressing, so it is possible to vary the envelope speed of each individual envelope burst while a Burst Sequence is running.
The repeat time of individual bursts in a Burst Sequence is set with the LFO Rate control. The LFO rate can be varied with an external CV as a sequence is progressing, so the gap between envelopes can speed up or slow down over time. An external clock can also time the bursts in a burst sequence instead of, or in addition to the internal LFO. Bursts can also be manually incremented with the CLK push button.
The SLOPE control allows Bursts to start quietly and build in level to maximum, or they can start at full level and then reduce in level as the Burst Sequence progresses. In the centre position all Bursts are of equal level.
Multi Burst Envelopes User Guide:
Pricing and Availability
MiniMod Multi Burst Envelopes are available now priced at GBP 191.67.
This pair of videos offer a complete, in-depth guide to the Behringer Neutron semi-modular synthesizer.
The Behringer Neutron is a dual-oscillator, semi-modular analog synthesizer of original design. It features internal normalization, so it can be used without any patching, but offers a matrix of patch points on its right side, so you can override the internal signal flow.
The first video, above, covers each aspect of the Neutron, including its oscillators, sync, paraphonic, filters, LFO, envelopes, envelopes, sample &hold, Slew rate limiter and attenuator.
At Superbooth 2022, Qu-Bit Electronix introduced Aurora, a spectral reverb capable of a wide palette of sounds: from lush caverns and whale songs, to ‘alien textures you’ve never created before’.
Aurora uses a phase vocoder audio engine, which separates the input signal’s time and pitch domains. By blurring these signals, you can achieve beautiful time-stretched tails, or cybernetic metallic effects.
Spectral reverb with true stereo audio IO
Phase vocoder audio engine running at 48kHz, 24-bit
Time stretched tails, icy shimmers, and voltage controlled whale songs
Front panel USB port provides easy firmware updates, user options, and more
Powered by the Daisy Audio Platform
Pricing and Availability
The Aurora Spectral Reverb is available to pre-order for $359 USD.
At Superbooth 2022, synthmaker Moon Modular displayed their Moog format modular line, showcased a new module in their Lunar Effects Suite, and introduced a new dual-VCA module.
The M 532 Voltage Controlled Phase Shifter is a phaser module, based on a classic phaser design. It is a fully analog design, featuring up to eight phasing stages.
It features a built-in voltage controlled LFO, with triangle and rising sawtooth waveforms, for modulation. The LFO OUTPUT is normalized to the PHASER CV INPUT. Voltage control over phase shift, feedback and dry/wet mix is also available.
With FILTER MODE in the CLASSIC position, all phasing stages receive the same phase shift information. The SPREAD mode supplies them with different phase shift information.
In addition to the M 532 Voltage Controlled Phase Shifter, Moon’s effects modules include:
The M 530 Voltage Controlled Digital Delay – a high quality stereo delay, with many unique features; and
The M 531 Voltage Controlled Analog Delay – an analog delay module, with two separate bucket brigade delay lines.
Finally, Moon introduced the M502S Simple Dual Voltage Controlled Amplifier, a module that features two separate voltage controlled amplifier circuits, each with its own signal input and signal output, plus modulation input.
The module has a continuous linear/exponential controller and switchable AC/DC mode (audio signals/control voltages). The module can act as two independent mono or one stereo VCA.
Pricing and Availability:
The M 532 Voltage Controlled Phase Shifter will be available starting in June 2022 for 419 EUR (incl. the German VAT of 19%) or 352,10 EUR export price.
The Moon Modular M502S will be available starting in June for 279 EUR (incl. the German VAT of 19%) or 234,45 EUR export price.
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